Fast, Powerful, and Connected: New ASUS M70AD Desktops

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When you’re looking for a powerful desktop computer, the first thing that comes to mind is processor, then RAM loadout, then graphics, and finally storage. After those basic criteria have been met, you also want to consider form factor, expandability, and other add-in options. What you usually don’t have to consider when making a desktop purchase is built-in uninterruptible power and near-field communication (or NFC, the ability to send and sync your desktop with your mobile device).

Until now, that is. ASUS is introducing the world’s first NFC-enabled desktop computer, the M70AD. Now, the marriage of mobile and desktop, and the accessibility of your digital data takes a quantum leap forward.

The ASUS M70AD-US003S and ASUS M70AD-US005S desktop computers feature high-end components with the additional features. The US005S includes a 4th-generation quad-core 3.1GHz Intel® Core™ i5-4440 Haswell processor and 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory that would cover your most challenging tasks and your daily web surfing. It also includes a roomy 1TB of hard disk storage running at 7200 rpm. For multimedia, there’s a Supermulti DVD burner and a 16-in-1 media card reader. And to make sure your games, movies, and videos run smoothly, it also includes a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 graphics card with 4GB of GDDR3 SDRAM memory.

The US003S ramps up the excitement with a quad-core 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory for amazing speed and power. Multitasking, video editing, photo viewing, and word processing are a snap with this duo. The US003S also includes a 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive hybrid with an 8GB SSD cache, to speed up your most often accessed data, and an integrated Blu-ray combo drive and 16-in-1 media card reader. The graphics are enhanced with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 graphics processor with 1GB of GDDR5 SDRAM memory.

The M70AD line features smooth, sleek aluminum lines with minimal raised surfaces or unsightly vents or exposed ports. The distinct sharp angles and polished-metal finish will fit into any home, home office, or workstation environment.

Both desktops feature 802.11ac wireless for even greater reach and connectivity, Gigabit Ethernet jacks, HDMI terminals, and USB 3.0 ports, along with Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Both include a USB keyboard and mouse, and come configured with the Windows 8.1 operating system.

And while those specs are pretty powerful on their own, ASUS takes it a step further by adding features that you may not see on a desktop anytime soon. The first is the NFC-enabled desktop feature. This feature lets the desktop act as an NFC-enabled base for you to transfer your mobile device’s digital files directly to your desktop.  It also differentiates between files that have already been synced, and will only back up the latest files.

This desktop also features Quick Launch, which allows you to immediately open your favorite applications from your mobile device directly to the desktop with one tap. It’s ideal for accessing social media, email, and favorite programs without clicking and searching. Along the same lines, you can now open and logon Windows 8 wirelessly without having to enter a password just by touching your NFC-enabled mobile device to the desktop unit.

Secondly, there are other features like the Ai charging ports, which let you charge your USB-enabled devices even when the PC is turned off, or the integrated Wireless Charger feature. This option lets you charge devices that support the Qi inductive power standard by simply placing the device on the top tray. You can also use your mobile device as a remote control to access files and HD videos through the Intel® Smart Connect Technology.

And finally, one cool feature of this desktop (which is not new, but still cool) is an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) built into the desktop. It will afford you up to 27 minutes of extra time to save and back up files if the power goes out. Usually, consumers will pay extra for a reliable power supply, but ASUS includes it as part of the unit.

With desktop machines taking a hit in market share recently, companies have to be innovative about how they sell them. ASUS leads that innovation by adding mobile-friendly options and encasing it in a sleek, aluminum form.

  ASUS M70AD-US005S Desktop Computer ASUS M70AD-US003S Desktop Computer
Performance
Processor 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 4440 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 4770
Cache L3: 6MB L3: 8MB
Chipset Socket: FCLGA1150
Type: Intel H81
Socket: FCLGA1150
Type: Intel H81
Memory Type: 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 8GB (2x4GB)
Type: 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 16GB (2x8GB)
Graphics Card Type: Dedicated
Installed: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 with 4GB GDDR3 SDRAM
Type: Dedicated
Installed: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 with 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 1TB 7200rpm
Type: SATA
Installed: 1.8TB 7200rpm + SSD
Type: SATA
Optical Drive Tray-Load SuperMulti DVD Burner Tray-Load Blu-ray ROM with DVD Burning
PCI Expansion Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe x1
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Gen 2 x16
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Minicard
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe x1
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Gen 2 x16
Quantity: 1
Type: PCIe Minicard
Inputs/Outputs
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
6x USB 2.0 (A)
1x PS/2
2x USB 3.0 (A)
6x USB 2.0 (A)
1x PS/2
Display 1x HDMI-out
1x DVI-D
1x VGA
1x HDMI-out
1x DVI-D
1x VGA
Audio 6x 1/8" (3.5mm) 8 Channel Audio I/0
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
6x 1/8" (3.5mm) 8 Channel Audio I/0
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Microphone Input
Flash Media Slot CompactFlash
Micro Drive
Memory Stick
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD
MMC
MMC 4.0
RS-MMC
RS-MMC 4.0
SDHC
MS Micro-M2
MiniSD
Micro SD
Mini MMC
CompactFlash
Micro Drive
Memory Stick
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD
MMC
MMC 4.0
RS-MMC
RS-MMC 4.0
SDHC
MS Micro-M2
MiniSD
Micro SD
Mini MMC
Communications
Network 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11ac 802.11ac
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Keyboard & Mouse
Keyboard Type: Full-Size Type: Full-Size
Mouse USB USB
General
Operating System Windows 8.1 (64-bit) Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Power Supply 300W 300W
Dimensions (WxHxD) 6.9 x 17.0 x 16.3" / 17.5 x 43.2 x 41.4 cm 6.9 x 17.0 x 16.3" / 17.5 x 43.2 x 41.4 cm
Weight 22 lb / 9.98 kg 22 lb / 9.98 kg